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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Maria Hinojosa to speak at Human Rights Day Celebration

11/17/2006  10:00:00 AM
Marta Idowu, (206) 684-4540
Roberto Bonaccorso  (206) 684-5282

Maria Hinojosa to speak at Human Rights Day Celebration

Award-winning journalist and author Maria Hinojosa will speak at a free evening event to celebrate Human Rights Day in Seattle on Thursday, December 7, 5:30-8pm at Town Hall on 8th Avenue and Seneca.

The theme of the event is “Human Rights: Crossing All Borders.” Maria Hinojosa is host of “Latino USA” on National Public Radio and senior correspondent for the PBS newsmagazine program NOW. During her long career she has received numerous awards for stories such as, “Manhood Behind Bars,” “Kids and Guns,” and “Immigrant Nation: Divided Country.” Her books include “Crews: Gang Members Talk with Maria Hinojosa” and “Raising Raul: Adventures Raising Myself and My Son.”

As part of this year’s celebration, Ms. Hinojosa also will speak at a daytime event from 11:30am-1:30pm at First United Methodist Church’s Drury Hall on 5th Avenue and Columbia.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The festivities of this year’s Human Rights Day event will include the presentation of the 2006 Human Rights Distinguished Citizen Awards to the Transgender Jail Policy Group, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, and Washington State Veterans for Peace Chapters.

For more information please call the Seattle Office for Civil Rights at (206) 684-4500 or check the web at

The annual Seattle Human Rights Day event commemorates the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted December 10, 1948. It is produced by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Human Rights Commission and United Nations Association of Seattle. Co-sponsors include King County Civil Rights Commission, Washington State Human Rights Commission, Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities, Seattle Women’s Commission, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Youth for Human Rights, American Red Cross serving King and Kitsap Counties, Hate Free Zone, the Philippine- U.S. Solidarity Organization, UW Multicultural Alumni Partnership, Church Council of Greater Seattle, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, American Civil Liberties Union of WA State, Amnesty International of Puget Sound, United Indians of All Tribes, WA Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, WA Physicians for Social Responsibility, Japanese American Citizen's League - Seattle Chapter, NAACP - Seattle Chapter, Anti-Defamation League - Pacific NW Region, El Centro de la Raza Minority Executive Director's Coalition, Korean Women's Association, Bustos Media of Seattle, LLC, the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, American Friends Service Committee, and Minority Executive Directors Coalition.

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